Making a Witness: Bishop Endorses CIC Statement

The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows signed on to a joint statement by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, condemning an anti-Muslim billboard posted earlier this month along I-465 in Indianapolis.


Statement Regarding the Anti-Muslim Billboard from CIC and the Indianapolis Community

The Center for Interfaith Cooperation condemns incivility in all its forms

The Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) condemns the billboard posted along I-465. Its message is hateful, inaccurate, and incites anti-Muslim sentiments. This billboard is a symptom of the increasing incivility toward Muslims and many other groups. These actions degrade our society, negatively affecting the possibility of open dialogue and genuine understanding among people of all different beliefs and traditions.

As proud Americans, and as members of Central Indiana’s diverse faith communities, we embrace a heritage that honors diversity and respects pluralism. We, therefore, call upon all Hoosiers to denounce mean-spirited discourse that foments fear, suspicion, and hate. Moreover, we implore our neighbors to invest their religious passions in building bridges of understanding by taking the time to meet and know people from other faith communities.

In a statement, CIC Executive Director Charlie Wiles said:

“There are so many ways for Hoosiers to increase their own religious literacy by pursuing a deeper understanding of our religious landscape. I encourage people to visit our website, www.CenterForIinterfaithCooperation.org, to learn about dozens of local events that promote interfaith dialogue, service, engagement and celebration. Participation in any one of these opportunities helps strengthen the fabric of our rich and diverse religious community.”

* Signed by Jane Gehlhausen, CIC Board Chair, Charlie Wiles, CIC Executive Director, and supported by the CIC Board of Directors, who are members of faith communities in Central Indiana, including: Baha’i, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Episcopal, Evangelical, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Methodist, Muslim, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian (USA), Sikh, Unitarian, and United Church of Christ.

See their website for more statements.